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Improving urban mobility without new infrastructure

Key players consider a key issue

A group of about 20 director-level players from transport and business gathered in London on the afternoon of 19th March 2013 to discuss “Improving urban mobility without new infrastructure”. 

They were drawn from a wide range of organisations from the railway and automotive worlds, transport operating companies, transport user interests, contractors, central and local government, land use and development specialists, IT, telecoms, energy suppliers and academia.

The event was facilitated by the Transport KTN with active support from Network Rail.

The Round Table addressed the challenge: “What should we be doing now to pave the way for improved future urban mobility in 10 to 20 years time without relying on the traditional solution of more infrastructure and without expecting more public sector investment?”. 

The event aimed to

  • test the extent to which such a broad cross-section of people have a consistent view of key issues,
  • gauge the likely appetite for ongoing collaborative activity to address those issues, and
  • identify what key focus areas might usefully be.

The Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Transport, Prof Rod Smith, gave a keynote talk, and a thought-provoking presentation from Prof George Hazel of MRC McLean Hazel introduced a new way of looking at mobility which is being developed internationally.

The report from this round table is now available to download.  Please click here to download the report.


A good read

In the meantime, those interested in urban mobility might well like to familiarise themselves with a few key publications which help to set the scene for this important topic.

  1. The Siemens report “Megacity Challenges” (2006) is a survey of 25 of the world’s major cities. It identifies transport as the most significant single infrastructure challenge and discusses the key issues to be addressed in dealing with urban growth.  See
  2. "The Future of Urban Mobility ”, published by Arthur D Little in 2011, assesses the mobility maturity and performance of 66 cities worldwide and finds most not just falling well short of best practice, but in a state of crisis. See
  3. The RAC Foundation report “Complete Mobility - Providing Transport as a Service” (2010), explores a new way of thinking about mobility, built around user focus, seamless travel and highly valued transport systems and services. See

Watch this space!




1 person has had something to say so far

The mobility issues confronting the world over are as a result of 21st century commerce and lifestyle.We are trying to solve the issues using 19th and 20th century inventions along with the help of IT and remote sensing. All the known transport systems are nearing saturation. When all the roads are congested information of the status of the traffic does not speed up locomotion.There is need for a quantum leap in technology and a paradigm shift in thinking to addresses the issues of current day mobility. First of all any technology needs to be free from dependence on fossil fuels. Secondly they have to be low cost, easy and simple to implement and operate. It has to be a public transport system so that there is no demand for parking space.
I am working on a technology and I would like to collaborate with an organisation.
Ravindra Rao
3dtt - Three Dimensional Transportation Technology
Mumbai India
Cel +91 22 9821036731
Posted on 01/04/13 14:29.

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